Tis’ the season to be thirsty! Bars all over L.A. are serving up some major holiday cheer with fun and festive libations. So matter what you celebrate, get into the “spirit” with these 25 holiday drinks.
Rose-Merry Bubbles at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Spread holiday cheer at the tallest building west of Chicago; InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, as it grazes the sky at 1,100 feet and 73 stories offering a memorable destination for many of the seasonal celebrations to come. As part of its Season to Soar program, in which proceeds from select menu items will be donated to support Alzheimer’s Association Southland Chapter, you’ll find the Rose-Merry Bubbles cocktail. It’s made with Canton Ginger Liqueur, Creme de Menthe, rosemary syrup, white cranberry juice, rosemary sprig and Villa Sandi Prosecco, garnished with cranberries and Peychaud’s Bitters. The drink is available at each of the hotel’s bars which include Spire 73, La Boucherie, Lobby Lounge, Dekkadance and Sora.
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; dtla.intercontinental.com; @intercontinentaldtla
Winter Oasis at Doheny Room
It may be 60 degrees outside but you can create your own Winter Oasis inside Doheny Room with this frosty cocktail. It’s made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled cucumber, St. Germain, lemon, simple syrup, topped with a sprig of rosemary and garnished with a cucumber slice.
9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Dohenyroom.com; @dohenyroom
Red Cyder BB Gun at Preux & Proper
Cheers to the best time of the year with Kassady Wiggins’ Red Cyder BB Gun cocktail from Preux & Proper! A boozy take on the classic 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story” ,this festive red cocktail is a delicious dose of hot mulled cider with cinnamon, apples, rosemary, nutmeg and oranges.
840 South Spring St., Los Angeles; PreuxandProper.com; @preuxandproper
Merry Mistle Toe at Harriet’s Rooftop
Pucker up! Head up to Harriet’s atop the 1 Hotel West Hollywood and share a kiss over a Merry Mistle Toe cocktail. It’s made with Jim Beam Bourbon, Apricot Cordial, Orgeat, fresh lemon, orange blossom honey mint and comes with fabulous views of the City Of Angels.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; harrietsrooftop.com; @harrietsrooftop
White Mojit ho-ho-ho at No More Heroes
Todd Walker and Cole Apodaca’s new West Hollywood bar, No More Heroes, is hosting its Christmassy As F*ck, a month long celebration featuring snowfall on the hour, Bad Santas, a Toys For Tots drive and enough yuletide decorations that makes us shudder thinking of what their electric bill looks like. There is also a full blown festive cocktail menu which includes the White Mojit ho-ho-ho made with Mount Gay Rum, Dimmi Liquor Di Milano, coconut, mint and lime.
7746 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Nmh.la; @nomoreheroesla
Gingerbread Man at Here & Now
Run, run has fast as you can to catch The Gingerbread Man cocktail at Blitzen’s, the uber festive holiday pop-up in the Arts District’s new hotspot Here & Now. It’s made with Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum, East India Solera Sherry, Gingerbread cake syrup, egg white, lemo, fig cinnamon bitters. It’s just one of a dozen holiday cocktails on the menu that reads as a super cute, multi-page illustrated children’s book.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite N, Los Angeles; hereandnowdtla.com; @hereandnowdtla
Cranberry Sauced at Broxton
Want a cocktail that will make your nose as red a Rudolph’s? Equal parts tequila, Campari, and housemade cranberry grenadine, Broxton’s Cranberry Sauced cocktail is a boozy dance between bitter, tart, and juicy. As the name implies, it will get you sauced.
1099 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles; artisanalbrewerscollective.com; @broxtonbrew
I’m Dreaming of a White Russian at The Garland
‘Tis the season at The Garland. Located in North Hollywood with true Hollywood roots, the property is spreading holiday cheer with its 12 Days of Cocktails now through Dec. 24. Our favorite on the $8 special menu is the I’m Dreaming of a White Russian. It’s not like the ones you used to know; made with eggnog, molasses, ginger, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, vodka and Kahlua.
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood; Thegarland.com; @thegarland
First Snow at La Fête
We may not see snow in L.A. but we can pretend! Over at La Fête, imagine yourself in a Parisian holiday with the First Snow cocktail made with rosé, pisco, homemade strawberry balsamic cordial and fresh lemon.
8277 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Lafetelosangeles.com; @lafetelosangeles
Chocolate Chip Bourbon Infused Manhattan at Birds & Bees
It’s no secret that Santa loves cookies, but what about a cookie cocktail? Birds & Bees is a 1950s themed underground bar located in the heart of Downtown L.A.. This Christmas Eve, bar manager Jake Larowe is leaving out his Chocolate Chip Bourbon Infused Manhattan made with chocolate chip cookie infused rye whiskey, carpano antica vermouth, bitters and served with mini cookies.
207 S. Broadway (Basement) Los Angeles; Birdsandbeesla.com; @birdsandbeesla
Santa Spice at Katsuya Hollywood
Naughty or Nice? We prefer spice! Katsuya’s Santa Spice is created with Captain Morgan Oakheart Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, a strawberry and garnished with cranberry and mint sprig.
6300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; Katsuyarestaurant.com; @katsuyabysbe
Cuban Winter at HYDE Sunset
Holidays in Havana! Bring on island vibes with HYDE’s Cuban Winter cocktail made with Bacardi 8, apricot liqueur, lemon, maple syrup, sage leaves and topped with a lemon disc.
8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; Hydesunset.com; @hydesunset
Ginger Snap at ROKU Sunset
Oh snap! A boozy take on a sweet treat, Roku’s Ginger Snap cocktail is made with CÎROC VS, ginger juice, honey syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and lemon juice.
9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Innovativedining.com; @rokusunset
The Winter Shandy at Alexander’s Steakhouse
Erik Lund’s Winter Shandy at Alexander’s Steakhouse is the ultimate winter warmer. Incorporating cold weather essentials, this hot cocktail is made with bourbon, housemade cinnamon syrup, housemade pressed apple cider, lemon, garnished with grated cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.
111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena; alexanderssteakhouse.com/pasadena; @alexanderssteakhousela
Roxberry Holiday at Katana
Have a berry merry holiday at Katana with the Roxberry Holiday cocktail. Made with the newly released CÎROC Black Raspberry Vodka, fresh blackberry, raspberry and lime, this sweet seasonal sipper pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s robatayaki style Japanese menu.
8439 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood;Innovativedining.com; @katanarobata
Mulled Wine at Culina
The best way to warm up this holiday season is with a glass, two or three, of wine from Culina at the festive Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Take this season’s celebrations to the next level with Connor Hammond’s Mulled Wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon, apple cider, orange zest, maple syrup and fall spices to provide all the cozy holiday flavors one’s heart can desire.
Located at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles; CulinaRestaurant.com; @culinala
Cinnamon Candy Crush at Skybar at Mondrian
Skybar is crushing it this month with its holiday cheer. While taking in the poolside ambiance, enjoy the Cinnamon Candy Crush made with Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps and cinnamon.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; sbe.com/nightlife/brands/skybar; @skybarla
Hot Cacao at Brack Shop Tavern
A alcoholic twist on your fav childhood drink, Brack Shop Tavern Bar Manager Sean Brown created the Hot Cacao for the holidays. Made with milk, cream, chocolate, Aztec chocolate bitters and Selvarey Cacao, hot chocolate never tasted so good. Or boozy.
525 W. 7th St., Los Angeles; Brackshoptavern.com; @brackshoptavern
Papa Noel at Te’Kila
The daddy of holiday drinks can be found at Te’Kila in Sherman Oaks. The Papa Noel is a Mexican style cocktail made with bourbon, housemade horchata, Creme de Menthe and garnished with cinnamon stick.
13817 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; Tekilashermanoaks.com; @tekilarestaurants
Netflix and Chill at The Raymond 1886
One sip of the Netflix and Chill cocktail will have you wanting to cozy up by the fire all night to watch Holiday classics this Christmas! This tasty mulled wine toddy, created by Casey Levental of The Raymond 1886, is definitely not short of spice and everything nice. It is comprised of Glenfiddich 14yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, homemade mulled wine with a torched proprietary winter spice blend, vanilla syrup, and an orange peel garnish to make this season merry and bright.
1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena; TheRaymond.com; @raymondrestaurant
Reilly’s Mistletoe at Rock & Reilly’s USC Village
The new Rock & Reilly’s USC Village is serving up Reilly’s Mistletoe, a cocktail made with Well Made gin, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup, soda water, rosemary sprig and pomegranate arils. Now you just need to find a co-ed to kiss.
3201 S. Hoover St., #1810, Los Angeles; uscvillage.com/rock-reillys
Pomegranate Margarita at Casita Del Campo
Ring in the holiday season in true Southern California style by sipping and savoring Casita Del Campo’s festive Pomegranate Margarita. Order this margarita blended or on the rocks with tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, a splash of triple sec, pomegranate juice and fresh pomegranates as a garnish on top. Muy feliz!
1920 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; CasitaDelCampo.net; @casitadelcampo
Salty Caramel at Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime, the modern American seafood-centric steakhouse located in the heart of Beverly Hills, is offering a seasonal holiday Salty Caramel cocktail, ideal for festive nights. The cocktail features Ketel One Vodka, Giffard Vanille De Madagascar, Bailey’s Irish Cream Salted Caramel Liqueur, caramel, half & half and egg whites, finished with smoked sea salt.
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Ocean-prime.com; @oceanprimebh
Ginger Elyxir at Nightingale
Skip the gingerbread cookies and indulge in Nightingale’s Ginger Elyxir. This zinger of drink is made with Absolut Elyx, ginger syrup, lime juice, vanilla liqueur, topped with soda water and garnish with lime disc or candied ginger.
643 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; nightingaleplaza.com; @nightingale__la
Coco Skellington at Beetlehouse
Ah the 25 year old debate. Is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? If you side with the latter, head over to the Tim Burton themed bar in Hollywood, Beetlehouse. Based on the iconic character Jack Skellington, the Coco Skellington cocktail is made with rum, gin, lime, crème de coconut and orange blossom with freaky yet festive result.
6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles; Beetlehousela.com; @beetlehousela
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